When you wake up your Windows 11 computer from a state of Sleep, Modern Standby, or Hibernation, it asks you to sign in. You have a variety of options for changing this behavior. We’ll go over all of them in this post. This feature increases the security of your PC by preventing unauthorized users from accessing it when you are not present. How to Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11?
However, if you believe this feature is unnecessary for you because you are the only user of this PC and no unauthorized people have access to it, you can turn it off in Windows 11.
If the hardware supports it, Windows 11 enters a special low-power mode called Sleep. Your computer will wake up faster from sleep mode than from a cold boot. Several sleep modes, including Modern Standby, may be available on your computer depending on the hardware.
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How to Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11?
In Windows 11, there are several options for disabling the password on wakeup. However, we will only look at those that are simple to use and fulfill the requirements. The settings app in Windows 11 is the simplest way to disable the password prompt on wakeup.
- Press the Windows + I shortcut keys on the keyboard to open the Settings app.
- In the Settings window’s left sidebar, select the Accounts category.
- Select Sign-in options from the Accounts menu on the right.
- Scroll down to the Additional settings section on the right side to find the option “If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?” From the drop-down menu, select the Never option.
That is all there is to it. Depending on your hardware, you may see a variety of options. If your device supports Modern Standby, you can choose from Every Time, 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or 15 minutes as your wake-up option. Every Time is the default setting, which means you must enter your password every time you turn on your device.
It’s important to note that this option only applies to the current user account. This means that the changes won’t affect any other user accounts you create on your computer. If you want to apply this policy to all users on your computer, you must do so for each user account.
How to check if your Windows 11 PC supports Modern Standby?
If you want to see if your Windows 11 computer supports modern standby, follow the steps below:-
- Log in to Windows Terminal as an administrator. To do so, press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to bring up the Run dialog box. Type wt.exe in the Run box, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter on the keyboard.
- Type the following command in the Windows Terminal (PowerShell or Command Prompt) and press Enter:
Determine whether the Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Connected or Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Disconnected lines are connected or disconnected in the output. Your computer supports Modern Standby if one of them says “Available.” Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available on mine.
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How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11 for all User Accounts?
In Windows 11, you can use Group Policy to enable or disable the wakeup password for all user accounts on your computer. However, only Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions come with the Local Group Policy Editor tool. It is not included in the Home edition of Windows 11.
- Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). To do so, press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Type gpedit.msc into the Run box and press Enter on the keyboard.
- From the left sidebar of the Local Group Policy Editor window that appears, navigate to the following path:-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep Settings
- Locate the policy name on the right side of the Sleep Settings folder. When a computer wakes up (plugged in), ask for a password and double-click on it to open it.
- Select Disabled. Click Apply then OK.
- Now look for the policy with the same name on the same path. When a computer wakes up, require a password (on battery).
- To open the policy’s settings, double-click on the policy’s name, “Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery),” and then select the Disabled option.
- Click the Apply button. Select OK.
- Restart your computer or reboot it.
That is all there is to it. If you select “Enabled,” your computer will require all users to sign in with a password when they first boot up. Users will no longer be able to change the corresponding values in the Settings app because they will be grayed out. Select “Not Configured” in both policies if you don’t want passwords to be required when your PC wakes up from sleep.
Before making the changes described above, users of the Windows 11 Home edition can enable the Group Policy Editor.
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